K-12 Education

Input sought on Iowa's Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan

Statewide meetings, including one in Coralville, start Jan. 9

U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington December 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Iowa Department of Education has scheduled a series of public meetings — including one in Coralville — about the state’s soon-to-be-released draft plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Every Student Succeeds Act is to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year.

The department plans to release the draft plan on Friday, Jan. 6.

According to a news release, department officials have sought input on the development of Iowa’s ESSA draft plan this fall through a state advisory committee, statewide public input meetings, and focus groups. State plans must address academic standards, assessments, school and district accountability and support for struggling schools, the department said.

Public meetings begin Monday, Jan. 9 and continue through Thursday, Jan. 19, with department leaders presenting information about the plan, fielding questions and taking input.

The Coralville meeting is set for 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in room 118 at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 2301 Oakdale Blvd.

Other meeting dates are as follows:

- Jan. 9 — Green Hills Area Education Center-Red Oak Regional Office, 212 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak.

- Jan. 10 — Prairie Lakes Area Education Center, 500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas.

- Jan. 11 — Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

- Jan. 12 — Heartland Area Education Agency, 511 S. 17th St., Ames.

- Jan. 17 — Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, 2001 Manufacturing Court, Clinton.

- Jan. 17 — Northwest Area Education Agency-LeMars Service Center, 904 Lincoln St. SW, Suite 300, LeMars.

- Jan. 18 — Oelwein High School, 315 Eighth Ave. SE, Oelwein.

- Jan. 19 — Area Education Agency 267, 909 S. 12th St., Marshalltown.

All meetings begin at 5 p.m.

Iowans also can submit questions and feedback by sending an email to essa@iowa.gov.

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For more information on Iowa’s plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act, visit educateiowa.gov.

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